Trader Joe’s Cheese Board: $35 Budget

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The Trader Joe’s budget board has arrived! 

Recently I shared a $65 Trader Joe’s Board that has so many of my favorite things. But now I want to show that you can also cut that price down even further without sacrificing quality or style. This is the $35 board and a complete one-stop-shopping list. Are there ways to do it cheaper? Yes, but I still wanted to include some of my faves, like the fig & olive crackers, and a rosemary garnish that really elevates a board. Happy boarding! 

cheese board from trader joe's on a budget

The Trader Joe’s $35 Shopping List

The Cheese

Total spent on cheese: $10.77

Note, I bought three cheeses instead of four. The price of most cheeses depends on the size and weight. If you want variety, you can opt to buy a few smaller cheeses, or two larger ones. 

  • Unexpected Cheddar $3.99
  • Boursin $3.79
  • Goat Milk Brie $2.99 (instead of the French Brie for $5.58 I used on the $65 Board, but note that it is smaller in size) 

The Meat

Total spent on meat: $2.99

  • Calabrese $2.99 (I cut out the Salame Secchi for $7.49 from the bigger budget board. Note that Calabrese is spicy).

The Produce 

Total spent on produce: $5.58

Prices totally depend on what’s in season. I really wish they had the Thomcord Grapes which look super elegant on a board and are affordable, but instead I went with what they had at the time. Produce in season is always going to be cheaper, so depending on what time of year you’re making this, choose accordingly. When picking up fresh produce, gravitate toward the ones you pay by weight, this will ensure you only pay for what you’ll actually include on your board. 

  • Raspberries $2.99
  • Apple $0.69 (instead of 5.99 grapes)
  • Hot House Cucumber $1.49 (only used half of this)

The Extras

Total spent on everything else: $12.55

  • Fig & Olive Crackers $3.99 (only included one kind. Could have gone cheaper but I think these are special and really elevate a board)
  • Peanuts $2.99 (instead of the Marcona Almonds for $5.99 I posted about this over on TikTok and was called a “MONSTER” and honestly, I kinda agree, but peanuts are cheap and there were LOTS LEFTOVER!)
  • Dried Oranges $1.99 (instead of the dried persimmons for $3.49) 
  • Marinated Olive Duo $1.79 (see LEFTOVERS in bowl on top of board)
  • Rosemary Garnish $1.79

GRAND TOTAL : $35

cheese board using products from trader joe's

Where To Find This Round Board

This is my favorite round board with a lip. The lip makes it perfect for transport (so things don’t fall off). I found it years ago at HomeGoods, never to be found again. However, this past February (2020), there were located again at certain HomeGoods and Marshalls. Many of you found them in store. I was lucky enough to have you purchase a few for me and will be holding a giveaway soon.

But because they are not widely available, I have listed out similar options in the SHOP THIS POST at bottom. Note that this board is approx. 14.5in inside the lip (not counting the handle).

cheese board on a budget

Show Me Your Boards

Nothing makes me happier than seeing you create beautiful and budget-friendly boards from my tips. If you make a spread inspired by this post (especially if it didn’t break the bank), please tag me at @ainttoooproudtomeg and use #AintTooProudToCheese so I can see and share!

And, If you liked this board recipe, please rate and review.

cheese board from trader joe's on a budget

Trader Joe’s Cheese Board: $35 Budget

4.94 from 29 votes

Description

Ingredients
  

Cheese

  • Unexpected Cheddar
  • Boursin
  • Goat Milk Brie

Meats

  • Calabrese

Produce

  • Raspberries
  • Apple
  • Hot house Cucumber

Carbs

  • Fig & Olive Crackers

Accoutrements

  • Peanuts
  • Dried Oranges
  • Marinated Olive Duo
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30 Comments

  1. Lacey wrote:

    5 stars
    What a beautiful board. I love TJs and will totally be making this!! Board on a budget!

    Posted 12.3.20 Reply
  2. Staci wrote:

    5 stars
    SO EASY! Love the TJ tips!!!!!

    Posted 12.3.20 Reply
  3. Melissa Meyerpeter wrote:

    5 stars
    All the best things from TJ! Unexpected Cheddar is now a go-to!

    Posted 12.3.20 Reply
  4. Jen wrote:

    5 stars
    This is exactly what I need! Can’t wait to make this board!! Thanks Meg!

    Posted 12.3.20 Reply
  5. Hannah wrote:

    5 stars
    I absolutely love this board! I always end up spending about $70 a board, so knowing what to pick the be more budget friendly is so helpful – especially from my fav TJ’s!

    Posted 12.3.20 Reply
  6. Livia wrote:

    5 stars
    Your boards have been my go-to snackperation while I write! Love that this combines my love of Trader Joe’s and cheese boards!

    Posted 12.3.20 Reply
  7. Bri H wrote:

    5 stars
    I LOVE TJ’s so this is a great recipe !!! Thanks for sharing.

    Posted 12.3.20 Reply
  8. Megan Wagner wrote:

    5 stars
    Thanks for this! I am always looking for creative boards using Trader Joe’s products. Love your IG and blog!

    Posted 12.3.20 Reply
  9. AJ wrote:

    5 stars
    Yassss!! ????????????

    Posted 12.3.20 Reply
  10. Amanda wrote:

    5 stars
    Always love seeing what you come up with!

    Posted 12.3.20 Reply
  11. Meredith wrote:

    5 stars
    ❤️ all of your delectable creations! Divine inspiration. Thank you!

    Posted 12.3.20 Reply
  12. Sally wrote:

    5 stars
    I made a version of this board, and it was so pretty and delish! And I have never made a cheeseboard in my life. I loved the look of the dried oranges and I think they taste so good! And the rosemary garnish is key 🙂

    Posted 12.3.20 Reply
  13. Sally wrote:

    5 stars
    I have never made a cheeseboard in my life, but this made it so easy. I loved the look of the dried oranges and I think they taste so good! And the rosemary garnish is key 🙂

    Posted 12.3.20 Reply
  14. Whitney wrote:

    5 stars
    Copied most of this recipe for a baby shower. The unexpected cheddar is bomb! It’s so easy to spend a lot when it comes to boards so this was extra appreciated.

    Posted 12.3.20 Reply
  15. Katy wrote:

    5 stars
    Love this!! I really appreciate the detailed list- it makes it so much easier to shop! I ended up splurging on the nuts but still felt like it was a budget board!

    Posted 12.3.20 Reply
  16. Libby H wrote:

    Oh my gosh!! This budget post literally saved me SOOOO much many!! I’m not typically a Trader Joe’s shopper but now I go there just for when I’m hosting!! Thank you for the helpful tips!!

    Posted 12.3.20 Reply
  17. Lizzy wrote:

    5 stars
    Made this board – it was a hit & so inexpensive too!

    Posted 12.3.20 Reply
  18. Twinkle wrote:

    5 stars
    Discovered Unexpected Cheddar from you! So, so good!

    Posted 12.21.20 Reply
  19. @rissarroyo wrote:

    5 stars
    Best budget board all in one store!

    Posted 12.21.20 Reply
  20. Amanda wrote:

    4 stars
    Everything about this is perfect! Having the cost broken down is super helpful, and makes it seem super realistic to have a gorgeous board without breaking the bank! I LOVE posts like this!

    Posted 12.21.20 Reply
    • Amanda wrote:

      5 stars
      Only replying to my comment to say it should have been 5 stars, not 4!! Definitely 5 stars!!!

      Posted 12.21.20 Reply
  21. Alex wrote:

    5 stars
    Loved this! Great for beginners- mine turned out beautiful

    Posted 12.21.20 Reply
  22. Alonda wrote:

    5 stars
    Love a good budget recipe that doesn’t look budget at all!

    Xx
    @absolutely.alonda

    Posted 12.21.20 Reply
  23. Carolina Gomez wrote:

    5 stars
    Loved this post because it helped me learn more about affordable and delicious kinds of cheeses that I could find at my local TJ. My boyfriend and friends really enjoyed the result 🙂

    Posted 12.21.20 Reply
  24. Kristine wrote:

    4 stars
    Love these budget lists. Now I just need a Trader Joe’s nearby. Will be working on finding Costco replacements 🙂

    Posted 12.21.20 Reply
  25. Ryan P wrote:

    5 stars
    TJ’s is great to keep prices down. I also try to keep an open minds and use seasonal fruit and veggies.

    Posted 12.22.20 Reply
  26. Lindley wrote:

    5 stars
    Long time follower.. first time commenter. I love all of your boards but especially this budget friendly one. I’m a big fan of shopping at Trader Joe’s, so it was nice
    to see options for quick, easy and cost effective but still just as beautiful!

    Posted 12.24.20 Reply
  27. Olivia wrote:

    5 stars
    Easy to make and a fun challenge to find all the ingredients to fit under $30!! Will do again for sure

    Posted 4.24.21 Reply
  28. Lindsey LaFleur wrote:

    5 stars
    Haven’t made this (yet), but how can it not be good? It looks amazing, and the fact that the ingredients are budget-friendly is even better!

    Posted 4.24.21 Reply
  29. Alexia wrote:

    5 stars
    I love how this shows a beautiful cheeseboard can be made on a budget! Can’t wait to try 🙂

    Posted 4.25.21 Reply